Toby Misech (11-6) has finally made it. He can officially call a major promotion his home. Signing a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA earlier this year, the son of Hawaii has already checked an item off his bucket list.
Earlier this year, Misech inked a multi-fight deal when he capitalized on an offer to face the former champion Eduardo Dantas (20-6) this Friday at Bellator 215.
“I signed a three-fight contract with Bellator,” Misech told FloCombat. “Win or lose, I have my contract, but I’m not looking for that loss.
“It feels great getting the call even though it’s a short-notice fight against a top-level opponent. I feel like I’ve been working for this opportunity for a while. Finally, my hard work is paying off.”
A former Bellator MMA champion is an unusually steep hill to climb for a fighter entering his second Bellator fight, but Misech says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I keep telling people, ‘There’s an easier route to the title, but not really,’” Misech laughed. “I don’t have to work my way up and fight 10 times to get to a big name. It puts me to the test and I want to prove that I belong at the top, so it’s perfect. He’s coming off of two losses and I'm coming off of a win, so it’s perfect timing.”
In addition to believing the match up is low-risk, high-reward, Misech thinks his style meshes perfectly with Dantas’.
“He’s a good fighter who always brings it,” Misech said. “He’s a crowd-pleaser and I love this matchup. I feel like we can have a ‘Fight of the Night’ kind of fight. We’ll get the crowd going. I match up well. I have the speed, the striking to keep up, and the takedown defense.”
Not one to call his shot, Misech says fans can expect him to leave it all on the line Friday night. The 30-year-old bantamweight promises to put on a show.
“My only prediction is knowing that I’ll come to fight,” Misech said. “I’m not scared. I’m taking the center of that cage and I’ll be ready to throw down. I’m hoping I can get a finish, but whatever happens happens.”